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    Mastering the perfect glassy finish is all in the prep work. Before starting, you must properly clean, sand, and prime every inch of the surface, or the finish color won't stick well. | Illustration: Gregory Nemec

    Wood finish good to know

    Same color, two finishes - first, paint with matte, then paint "design" in (same color in "glossy")

    The metal used for the panels is heavy—if you hang them directly off of drywall or plaster the nails will pull out. So first you'll need to cover the ceiling with plywood to create a secure nailing surface. | Illustration: Gregory Nemec

    Fixing wood finish issues

    Meet the world's first man-made shellac. It has all the magic of the original finish—excellent sealing, easy recoating, fast drying—and cleans up with water instead of ammonia. Plus, it costs less than the stuff made from lac bugs. | Zinsser B-I-N Advanced synthetic shellac sealer, by Rust-Oleum U.S.

    It is well with my soul

    How to pick the perfect color for your home

    Chalkboard any surface in any color!!

    Choosing vintage-style fixtures gives this master bath a been-there-forever look, but a breezy color on the walls keeps it feeling light and fresh. | Photo: Tria Giovan | thisoldhouse.com

    Mod Podge formulas - what do the finishes look like? Use this handy guide! This is great when trying to decide what to use for your projects. #modpodge #finish #decoupage

    We designed this rolling ladder to reach an 8 1/2-foot-tall shelf (on a 10-foot-high bookcase) in the climbing position. | Illustration: Gregory Nemec

    Painting a chalkboard onto an empty surface is a perfect way to add messaging and creativity to the room. Try this: (1) As with all painting, wipe it down, making sure the surface is clean and dry. (2) Mask off a section with painter's tape. (3) Apply a coat of chalkboard paint. (4) Let it dry completely before using chalk for messages and drawings. #SpringIsCalling

    The Key to Perfect Painted Furniture Distressing

    The perfect cottage paint colors - lizmarieblog

    Great tutorial! Step-by-step instructions (with pictures) showing how to paint over cracked paint and get a smooth finish

    Quick Tricks for Choosing the Perfect White Paint Color. Remodelaholic.com

    Finally! The perfect color matched formula for IKEA white paint! Perfect for touching up those Billy bookcases and Expedit systems! www.firsthomelove... #diy #ikea #paint

    Acid stained concrete flooring with gloss finish. So easy to clean & goes with hardwood floors in the rest of house, plus NO GROUT!! Did this a few years ago, wished I done it 24 yrs ago when I bought the house! LOVE IT!

    Gray & espresso combo.....beautiful master bedroom